Journal of a Novel

Journal of a Novel

The East of Eden Letters

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140144185
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Each working day from January 29 to November 1, 1951, John Steinbeck warmed up to the work of writing East of Eden with a letter to the late Pascal Covici, his friend and editor at The Viking Press. It was his way, he said, of “getting my mental arm in shape to pitch a good game.”

Steinbeck’s letters were written on the left-hand pages of a notebook in which the facing pages would be filled with the test of East of Eden. They touched on many subjects—story arguments, trial flights of worknamship, concern for his sons.

Part autobiography, part writer’s workshop, these letters offer an illuminating perspective on Steinbeck’s creative process, and a fascinating glimpse of Steinbeck, the private man.

Praise

“Full of insights and revelations involving the gladness and terror of writing.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“A sort of Travels with Charley across a more personal country.” —The Boston Globe

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